After many years of holding on to the idea that smaller screen smartphones make more sense to the user than larger ones, this year, Apple made the bold choice of launching a 4.7-inch iPhone alongside an even larger 5.5-inch phablet. Nevertheless, the company’s “one-hand use” philosophy can still be seen on the latest iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, via the new “Reachability” feature which brings the on-screen items closer to the bottom bezel. Granted, this isn’t the most elegant solution, but it is a usable workaround nonetheless.
Next year however, Apple might plan on facilitating one-hand use by borrowing a page from its previous designs. Specifically, a fresh report from Asia has revealed that the Cupertino-based giant could add a 4-inch iPhone model in its 2015 line-up.
Apple to Release a 4-inch iPhone in 2015?
A new rumor which originates from Apple’s supply chain in China suggests that the company’s 2015 iPhone line-up will include a 4-inch model, which will be launched in the second half of the year. Allegedly, the smartphone will be created to facilitate single-handed operation, with “female users” being an important part of its intended market segment.
If these rumors turn out to be correct then we’re unsure if Apple will create a new 4-inch iPhone from the ground-up or prepare a spin-off based on previously launched models instead. There have already been rumors suggesting that Apple will discontinue the iPhone 5C next year, leaving the 5S the only smaller-screen smartphone in the line-up, by default.
Assuming that Apple will release a new 4-inch iPhone in 2015, would you consider this to be a healthy strategy? Do you think the Cupertino-based giant lost a bit of shine off the apple when it made the jump to large-screen smartphones?